Texel Travel Guide

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Texel Highlights

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     Ability to have your car present. 

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     None! 

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     Small Island 

Texel Things to Do

  • Den Hoorn – striking church

    Den Hoorn is the most southern village of Texel and was built in the 15th century on a boulder clay surface (‘t Klif’). Inhabitants were farmers, cattle breeders and fishermen and later during the days of the Dutch East India Company also ship pilots. In the ‘Herenstraaat’ still are several pilot houses. Although Den Hoorn is situated nearby the...

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  • Beach - No matter what season.

    If you like to stay near stunning coastlines on your camping holidays, the Netherlands is an excellent choice of destination. The country has three seaboards to choose from: the Noordzee, Waddeneilanden and the Waddenzee at the northern part of the country, all with an unstable climate, but a coastline which offers a whole world of possibilities....

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  • Ecomare - Learn a whole lot about the...

    Ecomare is the centre for the Wadden and Noordzee (North Sea) on Texel. The main reason for their excistence is enlarging the public interest for the preservation and recovery of nature and cultural values (landscapes, ecosystem, species) in the wadden region and the North Sea, with an emphasis on Texel.Here you can learn a whole lot about the...

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Texel Hotels

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Texel Restaurants

  • FISH OR MEAT ????

    This DRANK- EN SPIJSLOKAAL is housed in the oldest brick building of TEXEL and....I know, by own experience, that it is GREAT to eat here, it is an atmospheric place, which I can recommend to you. MY favourite DISH is always FISH....

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  • TO SPLURGE....THAT'S THE RIGHT WORD...

    This is an extremely nice place, a LUNCHEON & DINNER place, very atmospheric... My favourite dish here was fish (of course) and a JACKET POTATOE with a mix of vegetables and a nice glass of BEER....For dessert: a lovely icecream with hot chocolate sauce.....Staff was very friendly and helpful.

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  • NEVER MISS THE SEAFOOD HERE.....

    This restaurant is situated at the Harbour: it is nice to see the ship going and returning and to see the fresh seafood they bring home, time and again!I had a lovely seat in front of the window (right side photo) and because it is on the first floor you have a magnificent view over the harbour.STAFF was extremely helpful and kind...perfect...

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Texel Nightlife

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    by Imaniac Written Jan 17, 2004

    Cafe in Den Grooten Slock is a pub in the center of Den Burg. It is specialised in traditional beers. They serve over 40 kinds of beer here, including 4 on draught.

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Texel Transportation

  • Ferry part I

    The only way you can enter on Texel is by boat. Normally the ferry will go once every hour. But when it is really crowded with cars/pedestrians/cyclists, then the ferry will go once every half an hour. The ride of the ferry is 2.5 kilometers long and it will last for about 20 minutes. If you go by car, the price for a return ticket is € 35 (2009)....

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  • Car

    You can enter Texel various ways. By car, bike or foot. The easiest way is going by your own car. This way you go on the island really fast from A to B.

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  • Ferry TESO

    The English language version of the Wikipedia states that it is possible to fly to Texel (and land on Texel International Airport), but as a matter of fact there haven't been any scheduled international flights to the airport for many, many years ... So the only practical way of getting there is by ferry run by TESO between Den Helder and 't...

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Texel Shopping

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  • Texel sheep

    Texel has more sheep than people and when traveling on the island you will see them everywhere. There is even a special famous sheep breed: ‘Texelaar’ (see for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texel_%28sheep%29).We found these small and larger ‘sheep’ in several gift shops all over the island . Don’t know if they are made of really sheep...

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  • Kleikoek

    Timmer bakes all kind of typical Texel cookies. As there are: Texel speculaas, Kleikoek, Hoornderring. Not sure what you should buy, but don´t go for the kleikoek (clay cookie.). The name is perfectly choosen it looks like clay, it feels like clay and there is not much other taste... About €5

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  • Buy a house and stay here

    If you like this island as much as we did, you can choose to buy a house here. There are several houses for sale. Sometimes it are only season holiday houses, but there are also real nice houses like this one.Den Burg has at least two estate agencies. houses are not cheap on Texel. This one would set you back for € 345.000,=

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Texel Local Customs

  • Sheep of Texel

    When you say Texel, you automatical think of the sheep from Texel. This is a famous species.From old writings, it appeared that the sheep is present on Texel since 1477. Till 1860 the main species is the Pijlstaart. It is a sober breed but the wool is good. Around 1860 the Pijlstaart species was crossed with the Leichester, but later the...

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  • A newspaper of their own!

    It's great to see that such a small community has a newspaper of its own. It's called the Texelse Courant.It's founded at 15 september 1887 and only consist of local news. Buy one and read it (if you're capable of reading Dutch?) and read all about the things that are keeping the inhabitants of Texel busy.

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  • Tuinwal "Garden wall"

    The picture shows a tuinwal (garden wall) which was built in march 1993.Garden walls are characteristic elements in the old Texel landscape, and therefore are protected. The whole thing is built out of grass sod around a nucleus of sand. Garden walls are prettier and more functional than poleswith barbed wire, however they are vulnerable.This is...

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Texel Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch for these flags at the beach!

    This is very important; always keep an eye on the lifeguards’ flags!Red flag: entering the sea is prohibitedYellow flag: dangerous for swimming? White ?-flag: a child has been lost or found

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  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 litre of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking on the island of Texel due to the fact the...

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  • its forbidden to...

    -enter the sea with floating objects such as air beds, water rings, etc.-spend the night in campers or caravans on car parks. Camp sites on Texel have special places for campers-to make an open fire on the beachEveryone is kindly requested to follow the instruction of the lifeguards. The lifeguards can be recognised by their orange shirts with the...

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Texel Tourist Traps

  • Den Burg - Foundations of a Romanesque...

    The visit to the Reformed Church of Den Burg was also worth while. This beautiful church of Den Burg on the Binnenburg was built around 1400 on the boulder foundations of a Romanesque church. During the uprising of the Georgians at the end of the 2nd World War, the church was severely damaged. The building was restored immediately after the war.On...

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  • Den Burg - This was mainly a lamb...

    Tourism and recreation is important for the island of Texel. Estimates say that approximately 70% of all activities on the island are related to tourism. The most important forms of recreation are hiking or biking the Dunes of Texel. Furthermore the market in Den Burg is also very known and has a huge attraction for all tourists visiting the...

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  • Den Burg - The central town of the...

    Den Burg is the largest and least touristic village of the island of Texel, though it has a historic center, and it is the main town of the municipality. It's located in the middle of the island and right here the local authorities and all kinds of important institutions are established. In the post-war construction plans, the streets were arranged...

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Texel What to Pack

  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of films!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • Don´t forget your binoculars

    As Texel is also known as the bird island it can be helpfull to bring binoculars to see all this wildlife.

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Texel Off The Beaten Path

  • ‘Tuunwallen’- unique garden walls

    Between the villages of Den Burg, Den Hoorn and Oudeschild lies a more or less hilly landscape (at least it is hilly for a flat island as Texel is) with the highest hill ‘Hoge Berg’ at ‘more than’ 15 metres above sea level. The pastures in this part of the island are separated by so called ‘Tuunwallen” and do have a lot of typical Texel sheep-shed...

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  • The Slufter, nature area

    The Slufter came into being after some breaches of the (man made) dunes between the two former islands of Texel in 1851. Others were repaired, but this one ‘the kleine Slufter’ still exists and now is an important nature area on Texel. Seawater still floods twice a day parts of the Slufter and after a heavy storm the water reaches till the second...

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  • Lighthouse Texel

    It is also called Lighthouse Eierland, named after the island of Eierland, on of the two former islands, which were emerged to present Texel. The lighthouse is surrounded by a vast dune area, called ‘Eierlandse Duinen’ and is located on the most northern point of Texel. The lighthouse has been built in 1864 after some civilians of Texel attended on...

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Texel Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking - The National Park trails.

    If you like hiking, Texel is close to paradise! Walking and admiring the beautiful scenery is one of the most popular activities with visitors today. When walking the inland of the island we discovered the real Texel. Villagers sitting chatting outside door steps or having a coffee at the local café. It was amazing and such a fun! We had quite some...

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  • Hiking - A real paradise!

    The island of Texel offers a number of things to do and activities from walking and hiking to sailing and golfing. Walking holidays are becoming more and more popular, nowadays, and Texel does offer unlimited possibilities for hiking. Walk along dykes and pastures, through woods and dunes. With its rich flora and fauna, dense vegetation and...

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  • Hiking - Follow the signs!

    Like we said; during our hikes we avoided the heavily developed areas and meandered through diverse landscapes, up and over dune slopes, along extensive beaches and through picturesque villages.A network of paths have been laid out, most of which are open to the public. At least keep in mind that dogs must always be leashed in the dunes. Because of...

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  • Grolsch -> Just like home sweet home!...

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being at our travel pace is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. At Texel (and this probably counts for our entire home country) it was rather difficult. We found out that there are a few local beers, only known in the particular...

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  • Great Ocean Experience

    Texel is upmost popular with tourists, although it is not that well-known by tourists. Sounds a bit of contradictory, but it is! Most visitors do come back for holiday, famous for its birds and ofcourse the North Sea.You can go for a walk ofcourse, a cycle-tour, or enjoy horseback riding. Find the Sea Research Institute for information about the...

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  • The seven villages of Texel: De Waal

    The Waal is the smallest of the seven villages. There are no shops here. But there is a agricultural and wagonmusseum.

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Explore Deeper into Texel
Ecomare - 70 hectare large Dune Park.
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De Slufter - Part 3.
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De Slufter - Watch out for wet feet
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De Slufter - The best known nature area on Texel.
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Go for Oudeschild - East-side
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AGRARISCH EN WAGENMUSEUM.....
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ECOMARE.......
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TEX10 EMMIE WILL TAKE YOU OUT TO THE SEA.....
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Ecomare
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Texels beerbrewery
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Jan Plezier
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Texel route part I
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Go beachcombing
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Visit the magnificent Slufter
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Windmill Het Noorden
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Fortress ‘De Schans’
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Georgian Cemetery
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De Waal – the smallest village on the island
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Oosterend – the most authentic village
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Oudeschild – a lot to offer
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De Koog – not very inviting during off season
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De Cocksdorp – most northern village
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Den Burg – strolling through Texel’s ‘capital’
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Texel – made for biking
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Ferry Den Helder - Texel
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maritiem and beachcombers museum
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From Den Helder > Texel
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De Cocksdorp - Reformed Church of De Cocksdorp.
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De Cocksdorp - After a nice bike trip.
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De Cocksdorp - Youngest village on Texel.
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looking for seals
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walk across mud flats
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Travelling with a little kid.
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Purple in the dunes
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De Koog - de kerk
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Oudeschild
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De Hors
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De Dennen
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Den Hoorn
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Lighthouse
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